I used to think I was lazy because I need at least 8 hours of sleep. If I got 9 in then I’m a perky man the next day! And, if I’m in bed and asleep before 11pm then I’ll be one of the happiest men alive the next day! But after hearing of other peoples sleep patterns, I began to feel as though something was wrong with me. Why can my mate get just 5 hours of sleep, go to work the next day, workout and fall asleep at 1am? Am I just lazy?

The answer is absolutely not! I am not lazy. I am actually a happier individual, quicker on my feet, more sharp in my mind and more motivated doing my daily tasks and sometimes I don’t even need to rely on a single drop of coffee to get all of them done efficiently.

Way too many people underestimate the power of getting in to bed early and having longer sleep. Studies have shown that a minimum amount of sleep at ANY age is 7 hours – BARE MINIMUM for age 18 +! You can thank the National Sleep Foundation for this ”rule of thumb” result -> https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need and I couldn’t agree more.

Here is the vicious cycle -> Sleep late, wake up early, ingest multiple coffee’s/large amounts of caffeine to function then you sleep late because you can’t fall asleep early enough with all that caffeine inside of you. “Oh but Bryce, I can sleep even after a cup of coffee. I have a tolerance. It HELPS me sleep” Is it really a deep sleep? You are ingesting a stimulant drug into your body before bed, show me the logic. Have a brief read of this by the Sleep Foundation -> http://sleepeducation.org/news/2013/08/01/sleep-and-caffeine#:~:text=Caffeine%20also%20can%20reduce%20the,be%20stronger%20in%20older%20adults. And, if that is not enough to deter you, here is a fact. We need “REM” (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep in order to feel rested. This is the deepest part of our sleep, when our eyes quite literally rapidly move, without REM your life span shrinks – it is essential for survival (https://valleysleepcenter.com/3-things-you-should-know-about-rem-sleep/). This is what caffeine does -> it shortens the the amount of deep REM sleep you indulge in. “Caffeine dependence was associated with poorer sleep quality, increased daytime dysfunction, and increased levels of night-time disturbance77.” “It shortens life spans”.

Recently, I have had consecutive late nights, I was stuck in this vicious cycle and my bed time became 1am/2am. Coffee/energy drinks became my go to daily beverages. My moods were horrible – I wasn’t as motivated(and if I was it had this artifical feeling to it) I was more irritable, I felt lazy and foggy in my mind, until I finally decided to stop the caffeine for a day and sleep early. If this sounds like you then I may just have given you the answer.

Now I am not trying to get you to stop drinking coffee – it’s great, I love it but I just won’t have it after 1pm. I want more people to be aware that a good sleep is essential, an early sleep routine (before 12am) is crucial, and to whoever else is like me – you are NOT lazy, I know how you good you feel every day!

Go get a good nights sleep. You deserve it.

BD

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